92 Tasting Notes
Today was my first time trying matcha as a drink. I was a little disappointed with the color of the tea—dark, olive green, instead of radioactive looking—but I gave it a pass since it’s blended with pulverized dried orange. I prepared it very thin and weak, just so I could get a feel for what matcha is like. Didn’t taste bitter at all to me. It seemed sweet, and maybe the littlest bit sour/astringent/bitter. I couldn’t get it to froth (I didn’t use much matcha) and my water was too cool, I think. The cup was powdery and unblended as well. I’m leaving the rating off until I can try non-flavored matcha and can prepare this better.
Oh, I am loving this tea. White, green, sugary, peach…fresh, simple, clean, sweet. I accidentally let this cool down and it was delicious…the first iced tea I’ve had luck with! I swear, it has the same taste as those peach ring candies! I’m really pleased with this sample and will be buying it full size!
Eponymous tea! I’ve been looking forward to drinking, er, Shanti, for some time now. Ick, this feels weird, referring to it as “Shanti”. I know the Jessicas and Elizabeths and Jennifers of the world are used to this, but I’ve never met another Shanti before in my life, so this is exciting. Maybe I should take a page out of the GOP’s playbook and start referring us as “Shanti the Person” and “Shanti the Tea”? Or perhaps “Shantea”?
Mmm, these leaves smell mysterious and opaque. I know opaque isn’t a smell, but bear with me. You know how colors like lavender and periwinkle are always opaque and milky looking? Well, if that opaque quality had a smell, it’d smell like Shantea. It’s a very cozy, comforting smell.
Whoa. The smell coming from the liquor is smoky. Kind of like cigarettes, to be honest. And under the cigarette smoke, there’s the—OMFG I JUST SNORTED TEA UP MY NOSE. Well, that’s a first. Ow!
Where was I? Oh yeah. Smells like smoke and just barely like some kind of salted vegetable. Sipping now…Smoke! Smoke smoke smoke! There’s quiet a bit of bitterness, but it’s a good bitter. A drinkable bitter. A dull, non-astringent bitter. It fits in with the smoke nicely, and I think the tea would taste worse if it wasn’t there. The smoky, dull, opaqueness of the tea is actually making me a little sleepy. The more I sip on this, the more I taste sweet grass and hay. And gasoline, maybe. And, wow, now I’m getting flashbacks of the smell of the farms along the highway in my rural hometown in central California. It doesn’t even taste like smoke to me anymore, it tastes like driving home. And now I’m feeling all nostalgic and homesick and want to take a nap. Thanks a lot, Shantea.
This brewed up very light. The liquor smells like honey, rather than “fruit and freshly cut grass” to me. The tea tastes mild and like fruit and honey. This is definitely a sweet rather than savory green tea. I might have over steeped it (strong setting on the Zarafina), as it tasted a little astringent to me. Second steep of the same leaves was even more astringent/bitter, with no sweet fruit or honey taste. Overall, the first steep wasn’t bad, but it’s not something I would repurchase full-size. Next time I’ll try a shorter steep time.
Well, that’s odd. I tried the Gemini blend (White Monkey, White Peony, and White Peach) which smelled strongly like sweet peach, and then opened my tin of regular White Peach today, and the peach smell is totally different from the peach smell of Gemini. This smells like delicious, fresh peaches, whereas the Gemini blend smells exactly like those peachy-o’s peach ring gummies. Two very different but definitely peachy flavors.
The taste? Well, it’s light and peachy, and completely different from the Gemini. Instead of an almost-overbearing sweet cloud, the peach in this tea is light, fresh, and better “blended”. By blended, I mean that the peach doesn’t just come in at the tail of the sip, like in Gemini—it’s there throughout the sip. There’s this weird sense of foreboding I get when I drink the Gemini, because I’m end up thinking too much and always notice when that peach cloud sneaks in. With the White Peach, it’s always there. It also has this interesting, “juicy”, refreshing, thirst-quenching quality that is really appealing. Because they’re so different, I can’t say I prefer one over the other. I think if I’m in the mood for refreshment, I’d reach for this one, and if I’m in the mood for sugar, I’d go for the other.
I’ve been craving chai all day, and so I tried this out for the first time. Ugh. This was even worse than that chai concentrate I had this morning. I can only taste the spice in the aftertaste. This tastes like milk mixed with roasted yam. For anyone who’s wondering, this is a mix of Irish Breakfast and Masala Chai. The only spice I can taste is cinnamon, faintly. Now I’m disappointed and grumpy since I haven’t managed to get a good cup of chai all day.
(edit: LOL, was so pissed off I initially rated this an 8. I’m raising it a little, since this was only my first two times trying to make this.)
Meh, on the borderline of yucky. This is almost too sweet (and I like my sugar with tea and cream). Hardly any spices. Actually, this tastes like sugar cane flavored milk with a hint of tea and honey. Yuck. While I was pouring the mix into my cup, it smelled like Arizona sweetened Iced Tea….:O
I haven’t had it in a few years, but I remember the Tazo chai mix being much, much better than this.
I’m a Gemini, and I like this tea. On my little tea journey, I’ve learned three things: green-black or green-white blends are often better than their parts alone, I prefer teas with gentle hints of flavor, and that clumsy people like myself should avoid black teas (you know, boiling water and all).
Given all of that, this does seem like the perfect tea for me. And the balance of green and white is just right, which I can appreciate. It tastes very slightly vegetal, but with a fog cloud of peach that sneaks up and over it. Really delicious. My only criticism is that the peach is a bit strong for me. But I’m ridiculous and prefer my flavored teaz in the form of tea with natural notes of peach, rather than a peach flavored tea. Reading the reviews, a lot of people were disappointed this wasn’t peachy enough, so I think I’m just very sensitive to flavoring. Also, white peach tea is listed as the third component in the blend, so it’s not even like there’s a lot in there. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble at all drinking this one up. :)
Edit: Lies, lies, lies! Second steep was infinitely better…no wonky flavor clashing, no overbearing flavors, just a nice, light peachiness and tasty green and white tea. Uprating.